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Weekly Wisdom from the Word by Pastor Dennis Dodson: Abraham had Two Sons

By: Pastor Dennis Dodson

Vice President/ Treasurer

Seeds of Faith, Inc., A Non-Profit Ministry

Colossians 3:16-17

“Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom…”

God had promised Abraham that he would have seed as many as the sand of

the sea or the stars in the sky (Genesis 22:17). Abraham and his wife Sarai were old

and she was barren, but this was not an obstacle for God. As people often do, they

get antsy. Sarai suggests they have a child through her Egyptian handmaiden

Hagar. Ishmael was born, and God reveals that he will be blessed, but he is not the

son of promise. After another long period of waiting on God, Isaac is promised and

born. Waiting seems to be one of the primary ways God works in our lives.

We are told In Galatians 4:21-31, that these two sons are an allegory. They are

an example of the two covenants, Law and Grace. Ishmael is an example of the law.

The law is about works. The Ten Commandments are not the whole law, some say

there are 613 total commandments. These rules are all about what we can do in our

flesh. Ishmael was the son of the flesh. He was Abraham and Sarai’s idea, not God's.

Our works do not please God, and none of us are able to keep the law.

Isaac was the son of the Spirit. He was a miracle child. Conceived by the

will of God. Abraham and Sarai could do nothing to bring about Isaac. They could

only trust God and wait. Isaac is a symbol of Grace.

You will approach God trying to prove yourself by your works, or you will

in faith believe in what Christ has done for you. Works bring death. The gift of

God in Christ brings eternal life (Romans 6:23). How do you plan on approaching


Titus 3:5-7 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but

according to his mercy, he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing

of the Holy Ghost, which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our

Saviour: That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to

the hope of eternal life.

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